Oh, how the times have changed.
Despite being played almost a decade ago, four of the eight starting American League fielders are comically now members of the New York Yankees: Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Vernon Wells, who went a combined 1-for-10 this game.
Even more, the starting pitchers for each side, Kenny Rogers and Brad Penny, did not even come close to repeating the form that earned them the role of All-Star Game starter. Rogers flamed out of the league in 2008 after two horrible seasons, while Penny had a solid 2007 season before injuries and a dip in form moved him to the bullpen.
Also, Mets fans may get a good laugh (or scream) at seeing who the cleanup hitter was for the National League: Jason Bay.
But that may not even be as bizarre as seeing who their leadoff hitter was: Alfonso Soriano. Soriano inexplicably has 10 stolen bases already in 2013, despite not reaching double digits in that stat in the previous five seasons.
In fairness to Soriano, though, the slugger did have a superb 40-40 season in 2006, even though his base-stealing ability seemed to plateau immediately after 2006.
As for David Wright and Carlos Beltran, they are producing just as much now as in 2006.
In the All-Star Game, Wright went 1-for-3 with a superb line drive home run off Rogers, and Beltran went 2-for-4 with a double off Rogers. Beltran also got a single off Roy Halladay, but missed out on an RBI when Soriano was thrown out at home.
The missed run would prove crucial, as the AL would prevail 3-2. Perhaps we may even see the same man earn the save this year as we did in 2006: Mariano Rivera.
Interestingly, Wright’s future teammate, Johan Santana, got Wright to ground into a double play in this game.
Also, two phenoms, eventual Silver Sluggers and top MVP vote-getters barely had a role in this game: Miguel Cabrera and Jose Reyes. Then-Met Reyes did not even appear in the game at all.
Yet perhaps the craziest aspect of this All-Star game is the fact that four of the eight elected starting NL fielders were Mets: Wright, Reyes, Beltran and Paul Lo Duca. Lo Duca, though, finished 0-for-2. Tom Glavine was also voted onto the team, but he did not appear in the game.
Despite the wackiness of the 2006 All-Star Game, Wright and Beltran represented the Mets extremely well and turned in superb performances.